The 2018 Commonwealth Games will create tens of thousands of job opportunities, news that may encourage people seeking apprenticeships on the Gold Coast.
State minister for tourism and small businesses Jann Stuckey said Queensland is determined to deliver a high-quality sporting event, adding that the magnitude of the project will be a boon for the labour force.
She remarked: “The Newman government is determined to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever, which will transform the Gold Coast and create tens of thousands of jobs, efficiently and effectively for all Queenslanders.”
Ms Stuckey said 2012 had been a busy and productive year, with a number of key milestones such as the establishment of the Games Corporation.
Her comments came as Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) representatives were told the Gold Coast is on target for delivering a “fantastic” event during a progress briefing.
Several high-profile CGF members, including chief executive officer Mike Hooper and co-ordination commissioner Bruce Robertson, joined Ms Stuckey and Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate for an informal tour of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation offices.
They were also shown the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, where upgrade work is expected to begin soon.
According to the official 2018 Commonwealth Games website, employment opportunities will be advertised online over the coming months and years.